Originally a cabinetmaker, now a cork craftsman, António Luz has skilled hands and worldly-wise ideas. “I don’t like being given advice by people who don’t know what they’re talking about, but I like to take on new ideas,” he explains. And it is this balance between the stubbornness of knowing what he’s doing and passion for challenges that provides the trademark for this craftsman, with whom the TASA Project has worked since the outset, in 2010. António Luz was born in the hamlet of Mealhas, in the municipality of São Brás de Alportel, the home of cork. An advocate of innovation in the craft industry, he believes this is the best way to keep it going, but requests that due recognition be given to the value associated with these “more sophisticated” pieces. As he explains: “they take longer to make, require more patience, to do, and redo, with the greatest care”.